The holiday season is fast approaching, so starting this week we will be sharing one or more Harry Potter items to get for the Potter fans in your life (or yourself) every Friday!
Dementors and House-elves, merpeople and Chinese Fireball Dragons, and Harry Potter fans everywhere are sure to love the magical gifts inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. For those Harry Potter Super Fans who have it all, Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) presents Harry Potter: The Creature Vault, a book that takes a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how this menagerie was produced for the blockbuster Harry Potter film series. Also, bring spells to life this holiday, or at least to the television. WBCP is offering the Harry Potter Remote Control Wand, allowing wizards everywhere to magically control any IR device with the flick of the wrist.
HARPER DIRECT Harry Potter: The Creature Vault
Dementors and House-elves, merpeople and Chinese Fireball Dragons—these are just a few of the magical creatures and frightening monsters populating J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Harry Potter: The Creature Vault is a fascinating look at how this menagerie was brought to life for the blockbuster Harry Potter film series. Detailed profiles of each creature include rare concept illustrations, behind-the-scenes photography and filmmaking secrets from the Warner Bros. archive. A removable poster picturing each of the creatures and an interactive Eeylops Owl Emporium catalog complete this must-have package. Available for $45.
THE NOBLE COLLECTION – Harry Potter Remote Control Wand
Bring spells to life, or at least to the television. With the Harry Potter Remote Control Wand, one can magically control any IR device with a flick of the wrist. Complete with collector box and comprehensive instructions. Available for $49.95.
In addition to Domhnall Gleeson, who will have a starring role, it has been announced today that Warwick Davis will have a part in Star Wars Episode VII! It is unknown what role(s) Warwick will play, but we can expect it to be pretty exciting.
Fans will know that Warwick was involved in the original trilogy as Wicket the Ewok (when he was just 11 years old.) He also had a short cameo in The Phantom Menace, during the Pod race for fans who want to catch a glimpse. The new film, directed by JJ Abrams, takes place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and will be released Dec. 18, 2015.
SnitchSeeker is reporting that CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara announced some exciting news about Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them in a Time Warner Investor Meeting today. The exciting news:
It will indeed be a trilogy, in the least (as we previously reported) to be released in 2016, 2018 and 2020. This means we may get more than 3 films if the first 3 do well.
David Yates will direct as was speculated back in August
David Heyman will produce (as we reported last year)
And, for those of you that missed it, J.K. Rowling revealed a small synopsis for the films through Twitter last week: Newt only meant to stay in New York for a few hours. Circumstances ensured that he remained…
Update: There is now a press release, the relevant section may be read below:
The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
Lionsgate UK have sent over a brand new clip for Daniel Radcliffe’s film, Horns which will be released in the UK on October 29th, just in time for Halloween. HORNS is based on the dark fantasy novel of the same name from New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart Shaped Box) with a screenplay by Keith Burnin. Alexandre Aja, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland and Cathy Schulman produce.
Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) is accused for the violent rape and killing of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple). After a hard night of drinking, Ig awakens, hungover, to find horns growing out of his head; they have the ability to drive people to confess sins and give in to selfish impulses. Ig decides to use this effective tool to discover the circumstances of his girlfriend’s death and to seek revenge by finding the true murderer.
Additionally, they are holding a contest where you can win prizes! For those of you with a guilty conscience, get devilish salvation with the Confess To The Devil app on Fright Club UK’s Facebook or send your sins on Twitter using #ConfessToTheDevil to be in with the chance of winning cool prizes such as an annual pass to Thorpe Park, DVDs, books, merchandise and music downloads.
Amanda Holden with some Deatheaters in The Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, Dark Arts area open now
Last night, celebrities including Mary Berry, Amanda Holden, Simon Pegg, Jonathan Ross, Kirstie Allsopp, Conor Maynard, Jake Wood, Charlie Brooks and Gaby Roslin celebrated the launch of a new section devoted to the Dark Arts, encompassing Horcruxes and other sinister wizarding artifacts, in what is Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter’s first permanent addition since opening. As we posted last month, the addition features a larger, full-size, version of the Malfoy Manor set as well as many other exciting props! A two-week event highlighting the Dark Arts will start this Friday 17th October – Monday 3rd November. A press release can be found below:
On the night celebrities were invited to a reception at the Studio Tour, where they walked the green carpet, before being greeted with a glass of celebratory bubbles. Following the spooky reception guests were invited into the Studio Tour for the official reveal of the new Dark Arts sets.
After walking through the Great Hall where the pumpkin-filled Hallowe’en feast was on display, celebrities including Amanda Holden, Charlie Brooks and Conor Maynard were treated to Dark Arts themed drinks, including a special bubbling cauldron cocktail, more bubbles and Butterbeer. Canapés and snacks served on tombstone slates were also on offer for celebrities to enjoy.
The new area includes the full Malfoy Manor set which became the headquarters of Lord Voldemort’s followers, the Death Eaters, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Celebrities including Jonathan Ross and Simon Pegg were able to peer into the drawing room that features ornate chandeliers, an imposing fireplace and the long, grand table around which Bellatrix Lestrange, the Malfoy family, the Death Eaters and Voldemort sat. Jonathan Ross, Amanda Holden, Conor Maynard, Gaby Roslin even took a seat at the iconic table
Celebrities also marvelled at the mannequin of captured Muggle Studies teacher Charity Burbage who is suspended above the set. In addition, the life-like model of Voldemort’s loyal 20-foot snake Nagini who sits on the mahogany table, was joined by a special guest as the real snake, who was studied by the Visual Effects Department as a basis for some of Voldemort’s snake Nagini’s, was on hand for the night to meet and greet the guests. Celebrities including Amanda Holden, Jonathan Ross, Kirstie Allsopp and Jake Wood even stepped up to the mark on the night and got up close and personal with the snake on the Borgin and Burkes set.
On the night there were also special appearances by the Death Eaters who were roaming around the Studio Tour and challenging celebrities to wand duels. Guests also had the chance to enjoy a variety of never-before-seen artefacts and props from Borgin and Burkes, the Knockturn Alley shop Harry accidentally stumbles into in Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets. In addition, a section of Dolores Umbridge’s Ministry of Magic office, including her garish kitten plates, perfectly putrid pink costumes and desk, were on show for guests. Mary Berry was even seen inspecting the china in Umbridge’s office.
This October, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will unveil a new section devoted to the Dark Arts, encompassing Horcruxes and other sinister wizarding artefacts, in what is the Studio Tour’s first permanent addition since opening.